The African crowned crane is a striking and colorful bird with golden feathers on top of its head that resemble a Roman helmet. The most distinct characteristic about the crane is its windpipe, which may be 5 feet long, half of which is coiled within its breastbone. The windpipe allows the crane to make loud “trombone-like” calls, which may carry for more than a mile.
Spectacular breeding dances are performed during breeding season.
|SCIENTIFIC NAME||BALEARICA REGULORUM|
|WHERE IN THE WILD?||FOUND ON THE SAVANNAS OF WEST, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AFRICA|
|WHAT'S ON THE MENU?
||SEEDS, ROOTS, INSECTS, FROGS, WORMS, GRUBS|